|True Lover's Knot & Beautiful Yellow Underwing, 1st July|
It was also nice to see things like Narrow-winged Pug and Suspected which are habitat specialists, while of the more widespread species we had Gold Swift, Leopard Moth, Large Emerald, May Highflyer, Scallop Shell, Dingy Shell, Bordered Beauty, Satin Beauty, Great Oak Beauty, Barred Red, Maple Prominent, Vapourer, Red-necked Footman, Scarlet Tiger & Bordered Sallow amongst many others. However, the highlight could prove to be the knackered noctuid below which I'm hoping Peter Hall will turn into a Silvery Arches. The species is known from the site but the last record was in 2011.
|Possible Silvery Arches, Stoke Common 1st July|
Micros included the expected heathland specialists such as Neofaculta ericetella, Anarsia spartiella, Ancylis uncella & Pempelia palumbella but there were a good number of other interesting species too, including Opostega salaciella, Phtheochroa inopiana, Epagoge grotiana, Epinotia signatana and Rhyacionia buoliana as well as several wetland moths such as Chilo phragmitella, Donacaula forficella and three of the China-mark species.
|Anarsia spartiella, Stoke Common 1st July|
My vote for the best micro of the night goes to the tiny plume below which, like the possible Silvery Arches, also needs closer attention.
|Possible Oxyptilus parvidactylus, Stoke Common 1st July|